GSTC2019 Asia-Pacific: Quality Through Creativity – Speakers

The 2019 GSTC Asia-Pacific Conference will address:

  • Smart Destination Management
  • Quality Tourism: Delivering Sustainable Quality Experiences
  • Tourism Protecting Wildlife


SPEAKERS (more speakers to come)

Mr. Weerasak Kowsurat
Minister of Tourism and Sports, Kingdom of Thailand


Luigi Cabrini
Chairman, GSTC


Dr. Chuwit Mitrchob
Deputy Director-General, DASTA (Thailand’s Designated Areas for Sustainable Tourism Administration)

Janice Lao
Director – Corporate Responsibility and Sustainability, The Hongkong and Shanghai Hotels

Natalie Kidd
Managing Director, PEAK DMC, Intrepid Group

Lee Poston
Communications Director, WWF Greater Mekong

Martin Heng
Accessible Travel Manager & Editorial Adviser, Lonely Planet

Hazel Xue Fang Quek
Senior Corporate Responsibility Executive, Hilton

Rili Djohani
Executive Director, Coral Triangle Center

Upali Rathnayake
Director General, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority

Willem Niemeijer
CEO, YAANA Ventures

Dr. Pakkanut Bansiddhi
Elephant Research and Education Center, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Chiang Mai University

Jaranya Daengnoy
Director, Thailand Community Based Tourism Institute (CBT-I)

Dr. Jan Schmidt-Burbach
Global Wildlife and Veterinary Advisor, World Animal Protection

John Roberts
Director of Conservation, Minor Hotel Group

Dr. Mihee Kang
Regional Director – Asia Pacific, GSTC


Koko Tang
CEO, Yunnan Vinetree Tourism Development Co., Ltd.

Dr. AA Yaptinchay 
Director, Marine Wildlife Watch of the Philippines

Marisa Sukosol
Executive Vice President, Sukosol Hotels Thailand; Chair of Thailand Hotel Association Environment Committee

Jose T. Ramapuram
Executive Director, Evolve Back Resorts

Yu-Chuan Chen
Deputy Director, Taiwan Northeast and Yilan Coast National Scenic Area

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Martin Lee
Managing Director, Control Union Korea

Ayako Ezaki
Training Director, GSTC


Jeffery Smith
Vice President – Sustainability, Six Senses

Hideto Kijima
President, Japan Accessible Tourism Center

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Panot Pakongsup
Asia Field Manager, Planeterra Foundation (G Adventures)

Randy Durband

Nithi (Nutty) Subhongsang
Co-founder, Nutty Adventures

Daniel Rye
Senior Manager – BD, Canopy Power

GSTC Trainer CB Ramkumar

CB Ramkumar
Board Member & India Country Representative, GSTC; Founder, Green Dreams for the Planet & Our Native Village

Roi Ariel
General Manager, GSTC